Educational programs of support of the gifted in universities



The article examines the problems of gifted learners caused by lack of intellectual challenge in case of undifferentiated education in universities and difficulties in relationships with peers who have another system of values. It analyzes the honors programs in American universities which are aimed at solution of these problems. It identifies the elements of the programs, their effectiveness, influence on personal and professional growth of the gifted. Early entrance program (13–14 years) for gifted students is examined, the postponed results of its influence. The article identifies the main characteristics of the programs which can be used in Russian universities for fuller self-realisation of the gifted.

General Information

Keywords: gifted students, self-realisation, honors programs and early entrance programs, psychological service

Journal rubric: Psychology of Giftedness

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Popova L.V., Zakharova N.S. Educational programs of support of the gifted in universities. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie = Psychological Science and Education, 2011. Vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 46–55. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Lyudmila V. Popova, PhD in Psychology, Professor of Psychology Department, Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology, FGBOU VPO Moscow Pedagogical State University, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

N. S. Zakharova, chair of psychology, Moscow Pedagogical State University, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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